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A gourmet food guide to summer in Tasmania

A gourmet food guide to summer in Tasmania

Warning: what you’re about to read may make you very hungry.

Tasmania may be small, but it certainly packs a punch. Not only is Australia’s Island State abundant with natural beauty – pristine beaches, lush forests and untouched landscapes – but it is also a haven for gourmet delights, set to dance upon even the fussiest of palates. Whether it’s a summer market full of delicious Asian street food in the twists and turns of Hobart’s CBD, or a remote winery nestled neatly in the confines of a cascading valley, there’s no denying that Tassie is bursting with flavour-filled experiences bound to make this season one to remember. Prepare for a summer of delicious and decadent fun down south as we travel through some of Tasmania’s best foodie destinations.

Hobart

The state’s capital is home to some tasty treats this summer, with a range of foodie festivals lining Hobart’s streets, and welcoming locals and tourists alike with open arms. Tasmania’s Taste of Summer festival at Princess Wharf No. 1 kicks off on 27 December and runs through to 2 January. The street food festival encourages visitors to fill a plate and raise a glass in celebration of more than 80 of Tassie’s finest local eateries, breweries, wineries and distilleries. Complete with activities to keep the kids entertained, as well as live music and a whole lot of fun, it’s easy to see why the Taste of Summer attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually.

Freycinet Peninsula

Picture this: it’s a warm summer evening and you’re perched on a sun-drenched deck with your loved ones. Local wine in hand, the oozy, cheesy stretch of a woodfired pizza slice awaits you; or, perhaps, the aroma of steaming chilli mussels and oysters adorned in zesty lemon juice pique your interest. Either way, you’re in for a treat at Devil’s Corner Winery, located a little further north on the stunning Freycinet Peninsula. Complete with two onsite restaurants: Tombolo Freycinet for all made-to-order pizzas, or Fishers of Freycinet for your seafood fix – the winery’s cellar door is home to a series of delicious wines, perfect for your summer luncheon.

Launceston and the Tamar Valley

While in Launceston, it’s vital you pay a visit to the Harvest Market. Come here to support local producers, growers and makers by purchasing a range of artisan breads, seasonal fruit and veggies, preserves, gourmet cured meats, fresh flowers, and a plethora of homemade gifts and goodies.

This is just a sneak peek! To find out more, read the Summer 2022–2023 edition of Caravanning Australia!

Image: Harvest Market, Launceston (C) Tourism Australia.

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